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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Gjennomsikten in Porsgrunn, Norway by KOLLABORATORIET

 
December 24th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: KOLLABORATORIET

The pavilion, made entirely of timber, has been given the name “Gjennomsikten” (“to see through”) due to its transparent character. The varying dimensions of the materials and the viewers position creates varying degrees of transparency and experience of mass. Standing 5 meters tall with the viewing platform giving an overview of the river: allowing one to see both up towards Skien and down towards Porsgrunn. Inside there is a smaller interior space offering a view of the river drifting past and the public beach across the once polluted Porsgrunn’s-river.

Image Courtesy © Feileacán McCormick

  • Architects: KOLLABORATORIET (Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal, Jørund Bjørlykke and Sindre Wam)
  • Project: Gjennomsikten
  • Location: Porsgrunn, Norway
  • Photography: Feileacán McCormick, Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal
  • Year: 2013
  • Area: 24 sqm
  • Client and collaborators: Grenland Friteater, Teater Ibsen and Feste Landskap
  • Main sponsor: Norsk Tre
  • Other sponsors: Porsgrunn Municipality, Skien Municipality, Telemark Municipality, Norwegian Arts Council, Framtidens byer, Bratsberg Eiendom, Telebryggen, Grep, Sparebank 1 Telemark, Norsk Jernbanedrift og Herøya Næringspark
  • Software used: Rhinoceros

Image Courtesy © Feileacán McCormick

The project is built and financed in connection with the walkabout project “Breddelangs” (along the riverside), a pre-production to next years grand initiative «PS14» by Grenland Friteater, Teater Ibsen, Feste Landskap, Fremtidens Byer as well as the Porsgrunn and Skien municipalities.

Image Courtesy © Feileacán McCormick

This years pre-production aims to create public awareness of Lahelle, a former industrial lot that despite toxic pollution has become a popular green spot for walks for the locals. An important ambition is that the project is to first and foremost act as a stage for the aforementioned walkabout project’s theatrical performances and secondly become a public meeting-place alongside the river that has previously been the initial source of growth for Porsgrunn and Skien. Lately there has been a large-scale development along the river consisting primarily of private housing, the transformation of former industrial structures (for example Porsgrunn Porcelain) and a new art center (Ælvespeilet).

Image Courtesy © Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal

Additionally the local municipalities are looking into developing pedestrian and bicycle connections along the rivers edge. In the future these developments will near the site of the pavilion and hopefully “Gjennomsikten” can act as an inspiration for creating good public spaces alongside the river.

Image Courtesy © Feileacán McCormick

Image Courtesy © Feileacán McCormick

Image Courtesy © Feileacán McCormick

Image Courtesy © Feileacán McCormick

Image Courtesy © Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal

Image Courtesy © Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal

Image Courtesy © Feileacán McCormick

Image Courtesy © Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal

Image Courtesy © Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal

Image Courtesy © Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal

Image Courtesy © Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal

Image Courtesy © Feileacán McCormick

Image Courtesy © Feileacán McCormick

Image Courtesy © Feileacán McCormick

Image Courtesy © KOLLABORATORIET

Image Courtesy © KOLLABORATORIET

Image Courtesy © KOLLABORATORIET

Image Courtesy © KOLLABORATORIET

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